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Water and Sanitation

Written by Derek Duncan

Access to adequate sanitation is more than a basic development issue. Access to sanitation is a human rights issue. Adequate sanitation is a global health issue. Safe, secure and private sanitation is fundamental to ending violence against women and girls.

Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people-- more than a third of the world's population-- do not have improved sanitation.

1 billion people still defecate in the open.

Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. 

 Calendar Dates

November 19, World Toilet Day

Did you know that more people in the world have a cellphone than have a toilet?  Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013.

Find more information on World Toilet Day:


On the Human Right to Water and Sanitation


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